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Pallaras fires new missile as former DPP considers parliamentary options

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Controversial former Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras has made his clearest statement of intent so far over his future parliamentary ambitions, conceding he had spoken to people from “across the political spectrum” about running in 2018 – an election he declared “a no-confidence motion on this band of bungling and substandard seat-warmers”.

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A blog post on his website yesterday intensified speculation over his intent to stand for state parliament, as he accused the Weatherill Government of “incomparable arrogance”.

But Pallaras, who was wooed by the Liberals during his tenure as DPP and last year floated the notion of forming a new party, has not tied his colours to a political mast, concluding: “The question of who to vote out is now a very easy question for most South Australians [but] the question of who to vote in is very much still to be determined.”

InDaily revealed in 2015 that Pallaras had met with Nick Xenophon, and did not at the time rule out running as a candidate for the senator’s fledgling party.

In an incendiary update of his personal blog yesterday – a forum often used to ridicule the state Labor Government – Pallaras noted that “[Jay] Weatherill’s government has treated the people it is meant to serve with incomparable arrogance”.

“The next election can now be regarded as an opportunity to vote on a no-confidence motion on this band of bungling and substandard bunch of seat warmers who have so grossly failed this state,” he continued.

Asked by InDaily whether the diatribe could be considered a statement of political intent, Pallaras said there was “honestly nothing to read between the lines” other than a “genuine expression of annoyance and frustration”.

“There’s nothing to read between the lines – other than what’s on the lines,” he said.

But he conceded he was “considering options” for running at the state election, adding: “I’ve made no decision.”

Fueling speculation in political circles that he would be an ideal fit for NXT, he noted “I haven’t the money to run by myself”. However he noted he would “prefer” to do so, adding: “I haven’t ruled out being independent but I don’t know how that could work.”

Indeed, he said, he “hasn’t ruled out anything – except I won’t be standing for the Labor Party”, which he noted was not likely to make him an offer anytime soon in any case.

“I’ve been talking to various people, from various parts of the political spectrum… it’s fair to sat that I’m considering it,” he said of the prospect of becoming a candidate.

“But it’s not fair to say I’m keen on doing anything… I’m looking at what it means to me, and what it means in terms of possible outcomes.

“Once I’ve absorbed all that, I’ll decide that it’s not for me or it is for me – but I’m not there yet.”

The NXT’s lower house bid is likely to focus on outer suburban and hills seats at the state election, but political insiders have noted Pallaras could be a suitable candidate for the Upper House.

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